FD News: Showtime snags, Sanders bails, Weinstein flogs, Wonder Woman 2 rescues
Wonder Woman 2 lassoes up a new release date
The powers that be have moved the release of Wonder Woman 2 forward by six weeks, to November 1, 2019.
The sequel to Gal Gadot’s whiptastic superhero outing was originally scheduled to debut in December 2019. But, the heads at Warner Bros. appear keen to repeat the success as quickly as possible. Not surprising, with the film having been a blockbuster hit, earning more than $412 million in domestic revenue and taking more than $409 million at the international box office. That’d sure buy a lot of spandex. And lassos, of course. But mostly spandex.
Sanders steps down as head of current programming at NBC
Vernon Sanders is stepping down as head of current programming at NBC, having decided to sign a production deal with the network’s sister studio Universal Television. As part of the deal, Sanders will serve as a producer on the reboot of Steven Spielberg’s anthology series Amazing Stories which has been given a straight-to-series order by Apple.
It’s a miracle! Showtime snags the Bacon
Showtime has snagged Kevin Bacon (I Love Dick) and Aldis Hodge (Hidden Figures) for City on the Hill, a one-hour drama set to be executive produced by beleaguered Boston buds Ben Affleck (Justice League) and Matt Damon (Suburbicon). Based on an original idea by Affleck and Chuck MacLean, the series is a fictional account of what has become dubbed the “Boston Miracle.”
The pilot episode of the show, a “gritty thriller about serve corruption and gangs” that takes us back to the crime-riddled streets of Boston in the early 90s, will be directed by Gavin O’Connor (The Accountant) and written by MacLean.
Flogging a dead bear; Weinstein tries to sell Paddington before financial collapse
The Weinstein Company is attempting to secure a buyer for Paddington 2, ahead of the impending collapse of the indie film studio. The company has been in steadfast decline since the scandal surrounding Harvey Weinstein’s illicit behavior was exposed, having lifted the lid on decades of systematic sexual abuse and misconduct throughout the entertainment industry.
Sony are thought to be ahead in the bidding war, but are concerned about the potential risks associated with the purchase. Despite the anthropomorphised bear being a beloved figure around the world, there’s no doubt about it here: this isn’t going to be an easy sell.